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    Day 1.169 – The Holy Ghost

    Newport -> Cedar Island
    Distance (km) : 87
    Time on bike : 4h 30m
    Brutto time: 14.30 – 19.40
    Avg : 19.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 38.6
    Total (km) : 49.839
    Altitude: 1 m
    Difficulty: 3 of 5

    Alex fixing my tie before the church...

    The Glass family is member of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Newport (see more here), and – naturally – Sunday means church time.
    It’s been years since I last had a tie on, and (ashamedly) I never really got the hang of the tie knot, so Alex’ helping hand is appreciated, as is the suit + shoes he lends me this morning.

    Cute Cooper, ready for church...

    The boys ready for church!

    Me, Ian, and Mini-Cooper, ready for church.

    Without a doubt the service at The Sanctuary in Newport is one of the strongest cultural/religious experiences in WT History. Alex shows me around the place – an immaculate, new building that also houses a bible school, where the kids go. Before the service starts, people meet up in a dimly lit room where they individually try to prepare themselves for the service, the clear their minds and get ready for the holy contact (please excuse my complete lack of correct biblical terminology here). It’s quite a scene in here. Some people walk around in circles, speaking in foreign tongues, other sit contemplatingly on benches, and others yet cry out whatever they feel like. It’s clearly a very special, emotional moment for the believers in here.

    The Sanctuary - An Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Newport, NC.

    The service itself is a joyful and highly interesting act, with music, singing, clapping, Hallelujah Lord’ing, and strong preaching by Brother Bradford. Powerful stuff, I tell you.

    The Proud Dad...

    Everyone in the church’s really friendly and welcoming to me, and the community feeling is strong and vibrant among the worshippers, young and old, black and white, male and female. It’s been a while since my anthropological observant genes have been so actively stimulated.

    After the service we all have a great lunch at a Mexican restaurant nearby where I’m treated to a good mole poblado totally hit the spot. Thanks Alex – and Happy Father’s Day to all.

    At the Mexican Restaurant El Cerro after church...

    Last night I got bitten by a few bugs while playing “corn bag” with Alex, Mary Helen, and John. That’s no news, but news is the swollen hand that the bites left me with. I swallow a few antihistamine tablets and hope the hand will get back to normal a bit faster than my Tibet hand back in 2006.

    The result of some unknown bug bites...

    Ready to leave Newport and the kind Glass family...

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    My heart is full of the goodness of Alex and his family as I leave Newport mid-afternoon. Am pretty sure that there’ll be two Thursdays in the week the day I forget my short, but spiritually very powerful stay here…

    Another bright and sunny day in North Carolina...

    Luckily, the day provides me with lots of opportunity to digest the last 24 hours, as I pedal towards Cedar Island and the Outer Banks…

    Sunset light near Cedar Island, NC.

    At the village Cedar Island there’s a grassy campground to the right side of the road. I turn left and find an equally grassy spot for my late night camp.

    Expenditure: 0 USD.

    Sunset at Cedar Island...

    On this day..

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    2 Responses to “Day 1.169 – The Holy Ghost”

    1. Scott Munroe Says:

      Nicholai, Ian, and Mini-Cooper what a classical picture I bet not to far in the future you will have an equal picture of your own family. I am glad you decided to include it Nicholai. Ah youth how great, and that blond hair!

    2. Nicolai Says:

      Yep, my time will surely come, Scott…

      I really like that shot too – well, I like/love those kids, that is…

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